Diabolique: Bruce in Bollywood
Over on Diabolique, I’m writing about Katilon Ke Kaatil and that time Dharmendra fought Bruce Le for the honor of Zeenat Aman and then General Ursus from Planet of the Apes came striding up. It’s all just another day in the life of 1980s Bollywood masala.
Like many masala films, a simple description of the basic plot hardly does justice to the madness that whirls about it like a raging tornado. If I told you this is a movie about two thieves who pose as the long-lost sons of a wealthy woman so they can get their hands on her loot, you’d probably shrug and think to yourself, “Yeah, seen it.” And if you know a thing or two about Bollywood films, you’ll probably even think, “And I bet in the end, they are redeemed and turn to good when they find out they really are her long-lost sons.” A plot summary like that hardly leaves room for Dharmendra to fight Bigfoot or punch Bruce Le through a brick wall.